Caravans Aimed at Border + Cloward-Piven

In the 1960’s two radical college professors, under the influence of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” promulgated a plan that came to be known as the Cloward-Piven strategy. The basic idea was that, to bring down the enemy, i.e. the government, radicals should “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” Doing that would overburden the bureaucracy and lead to the collapse of the government.
What we see at our southern border is a large-scale application of the Cloward-Piven strategy. “Pueblo sin Fronteras” and whoever else is organizing the “caravans” that move northward through Central America and Mexico are striving to overburden our system. If the migrations were spontaneous movements of people to escape persecution in their home countries, they would be strung out over time and distance. They would arrive individually or in small manageable groups. But knowing that people have a legal right to claim asylum and to have a hearing, community organizers create caravans of thousands of people who arrive all together.
What is needed at the border ports of entry is enhanced infrastructure and procedures to meet this increased demand. In addition everything possible should be done to stem the flow of caravans enroute. Things should be done to make life difficult for “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” and other organizers. Mexico has taken some steps to make it easier for migrants to stay in Mexico and should be encouraged to do more. Someone has even advised making Mexico itself the wall.
We are under attack, and the weapons being used are thousands of exploited people aimed at our borders.

Dwight Boud

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